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Poster: steven1950 Date: Nov 27, 2009 9:14pm
Forum: texts Subject: Need help searching


I'm interested in obtaining personal narrative by soldiers in the U.S. Civil War. Can't quite figure out how to search for such texts. Can someone help? Thanks ...

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Nov 27, 2009 10:03pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

I believe such stuff embarrassed to USA Defence Department, thus its armed forces are now only allowed to upload to a official Govt web site.

sorry I dont have the link to that, my info came from a news item I saw a year ago

Mostly that was cell phone camera stuff.

but there is stuff on the IA from before that rule.

Will forward this to Gerry, he seems to be on line

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Nov 27, 2009 11:05pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

I apologise, I thought you were asking about the current war, that the US War Department wishes it never got caught up in.

Peter

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Poster: martyveldman Date: Nov 28, 2009 9:33am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

Try this link and it's related searches.
http://www.archive.org/details/civilwarmemories00stim
Once you find the link, click on the 'Subject' and it will take you to 689 other books. Marty

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Poster: martyveldman Date: Nov 28, 2009 10:06am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

You can also do the same with Google Books.
http://books.google.com/books?q=Civil+War++Personal&;btnG=Search+Books&lr=&as_brr=1
This will give you over 8,000 links, although some of them will be about the English Civil War in the 17th century. Marty

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Nov 28, 2009 11:10pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

FWIW - Google might report 8000, but you can only access a few hundred. Try to actually scroll through all 8000 hits and it will run aground. This is a known "feature" not only of Google Books but Google in general. Another reason why Google should not be a library. On Internet Archive you get what you see, clear in the open.

Stephen

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Poster: steven1950 Date: Dec 1, 2009 8:25pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

Thanks to everyone above their advice & info!

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Poster: BoloResartus Date: Nov 27, 2009 11:34pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching


Do a search for T. A. Dodge.
That will start you in the right
direction.

You can also search using the Unit
Titles (7th Cavalry) etc because most
personal narratives here include that
in the title.

If you know a wargamer, most magazines
contain a bibliography after articles
on the subject. Magweb may include
back issues of Civil War Times a rich
source of narratives.



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Poster: steven1950 Date: Dec 1, 2009 8:19pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

Thanks as well for your response. As I mentioned in a preceding post, I'm trying to figure out is how to use the advanced search features for conducting my search. What search terms would I use, and where/how would I enter them?

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Poster: garthus Date: Nov 27, 2009 10:22pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

Steven,
Do you have any soldiers names in mind or just general stuff?

Gerry

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Poster: steven1950 Date: Dec 1, 2009 8:17pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

Just looking for general stuff, e.g., memoirs and such. What I'm trying to figure out is how to use the advanced search features for conducting such a search. For instance, what search terms do I use, and the like.

Many thanks for your response.

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Poster: stbalbach Date: Dec 1, 2009 9:54pm
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

If you want to search metadata only, basic and advanced search are OK. To search full-text, go to openlibrary.org, click on advanced search, bottom of page "full text search". Here's a search on "civil war memoir"

Stephen

This post was modified by stbalbach on 2009-12-02 05:54:24

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Poster: Time Traveller Date: Dec 2, 2009 12:26am
Forum: texts Subject: Re: Need help searching

Any chance of contacting civil war historians, or websites, and asking there?

As a search depends on what words the uploader uses on the description page, you might be better off getting the names of authors, whose book (s) might be on the Archive, and searching for those names only.

Check out books by historians on the civil war, even current in print books (your local library)for their list of sources, I find often (But not on the Civil war)that historians mention books, written by people actually there. (NASA stuff, D-Day landings, etc).

Such authors, might also have written full autobiographies, where their role in the Civil war, might be covered in just one chapter, thus if that book is on the IA, its unlikely a search relating to civil war will find it.

if one chapter is all you can find, its better than nothing, and might give you more search ideas.

You could look on Google Books for Civil War, and even if you dont get to view the full book, you still might spot possible names to search for on the IA.

One of my IDs is lateral thinker, which comes from when I was working, I think differently from most people, when problem solving. The most common response I got from my last boss, when I offered a suggestion, "That is not as silly as it sounds" then together based on my idea, we fixed the latest problem.

In short, if you are stuck, approach the problem from another angle.

E.G, Google search, something like > "Civil War" Authors < might get you a list of names.

The trouble with the IA, we are all amateurs, few of us are trained in library cataloguing making searches hard. There might be 100 plus books there, relating to your needs, but their keywords and description dont fit any relevant search.

I think the IA, should allow some volunteers access, so they can review every text on the archive, and ensure the meta data fits the text, so they can be found.

Too many texts, have no useful IA desorption

Peter